I just found out the woman who gave birth to octuplets, Nadya Suleman, already had six children by in vitro fertilization, does not want to have a man in her life, relies on her father and an old boyfriend for financial support, and lives with her mother (who recently declared bankruptcy). That is INSANE. Is anyone else starting to suspect that today's ferility techniques are something of a curse? It used to be that nature somewhat limited the number of children people could have ; now multiple births are commonplace. Fourteen kids (all under 8, by the way) are going to grow up fatherless and quite possibly in poverty because their mother thought it would be fun to have lots of kids. The octuplets may also experience health problems from being born prematurely.
In my own defense, I'm not the only person who feels uneasy about this. Baby-product companies usually bombard mothers who've had multiple births with free stuff, but that's not happening this time. Fertility doctors are saying it's irresponsible for eight embryos to be implanted in one woman, and fear a backlash against legitimate fertility treatments because of this woman's doctor(s). Kate Gosselin of Jon & Kate Plus 8 disapproves, making it very clear that even with two parents it's extraordinarily difficult to raise a large family. Even Suleman's parents are troubled by their daughter's pregnancies. Her mother can't understand why she didn't just become a kindergarten teacher, and her father told nosy reporters that he hopes they get to experience the birth of octuplets, too, so they'll know what it's like to be in hell.
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